Unsecured Truck Load Accidents
Trucks and tractor-trailers transporting unsecured heavy loads are a serious hazard on the roads. Commercial trucks towing unstable construction equipment and supplies, mobile homes and automobiles pose the greatest risk for danger.
A 2004 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found unsecured loads were responsible for 25,000 auto accidents each year nationwide, resulting in 80 to 90 traffic accident deaths. The majority of truck accidents involving unsecured loads are caused by trucks with unsafe tire treads, garbage debris from waste haulers, lumber and construction supplies.
Trucks towing construction equipment and supplies on trailers often cause traffic accidents in the spring and summer, when landscapers and construction companies are most in demand. When equipment such as Bobcats, backhoes and front-end loaders break loose from a trailer bed, they can hit other vehicles or rollover into the roadway. Many of these car accidents happen on the highway, where vehicles are traveling at high speeds.
Driving accidents involving unsecured loads occur when truck drivers are poorly trained, speed, fail to properly tie down equipment or do not stop regularly to check their loads. Motor vehicle accidents also result when trucks and tractor-trailers are not properly maintained.
Massachusetts utility companies, construction contractors and other businesses have a responsibility to make sure their drivers are operating trucks and tractor-trailers safely. When they fail to do so, companies can be held liable.
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is critical you speak to an experienced Boston car accident lawyer to learn your rights. You may be entitled to recover damages such as lost wages, past and future medical expenses and pain and suffering. In wrongful death cases, you may also be awarded punitive damages.
Massachusetts has a Statute of Limitations governing how long you can file a personal injury claim so it is critical to contact a Massachusetts car accident lawyer immediately. For a free legal consultation, contact us at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.